National Trust for Historic Preservation - Board of Trustees

The Trust's Board of Trustees gather for an event at Howard University's Founders Library

Victor Ashe
Elected 2003, 2009, 2012, 2015-2018

(Knoxville, TN) completed five years as the American Ambassador to Poland on October 1, 2009. Prior to that, he was the longest serving Mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee for 16 years from 1988 to 2003. He was a leading advocate of historic preservation as Mayor and proposed a city charter amendment that requires the Mayor to issue an annual report on historic preservation which was adopted by city voters. He served in the Tennessee State Senate from 1975 to 1984 and the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1968 to 1974. He served as the executive director of the Americans Outdoors Commission from 1985 to 1987. Recipient of the 2006 “Restore America Heroes” award, presented at the annual HGTV/National Trust Restore America gala.

Mrs. Laura W. Bush
Elected 2011, 2014-2017

(Dallas, TX) is actively involved in issues of national and global concern, with a particular emphasis on education, health care and human rights. She has investigated and showcased successful programs for early childhood education, at-risk youth, global literacy, and preservation of our national parks and our country’s national treasures. And through her travels to more than seventy-six countries, including historic trips to Afghanistan, Mrs. Bush has helped launch groundbreaking educational and healthcare programs for women. Mrs. Bush holds a degree in education with a master’s degree in library science. She taught in public schools in Dallas, Houston and Austin and worked as a public school librarian. In 1977, she met and married George Walker Bush. They are the parents of twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna.

Susan E. Chapman-Hughes
Elected 2011, 2014-2017

(Brooklyn, NY) is Senior Vice President, U.S. Account Development - Global Corporate Payments (GCP) at American Express. In this role, Susan is responsible for leading and managing GCP’s U.S. and multinational customers representing $43 billion in annual charge volume. With over 1,500 customers, the team partners with clients to deliver innovative payment programs. Prior to joining GCP, Susan led the Global Real Estate and Workplace Enablement group for American Express. Her responsibilities included leading Real Estate Strategy and Operations, Workplace Experience and Health and Safety in support of the American Express portfolio of over 62,000 employees in 41 countries. She led creation of “Bluework”, an industry leading, award winning, innovative workplace transformation initiative. In 2012, Bluework received the Chairman’s Award for Innovation -Top Innovators Prize, a first for real estate. She serves as the Executive Sponsor for the Company’s BlueEn Network, an employee resource group focused on flexible virtual workers. She has also served on the leadership teams of the American Express Women’s Network and the World Monuments Fund Watch List Advisory Committee (WLAC).

As an experienced global executive, Ms. Chapman-Hughes has led various organizational business transformation and growth efforts in Fortune 500 companies including Citigroup and Level 3 Communications. In addition to her professional roles, she is committed to volunteer work for non-profit community development organizations across the United States and remains an active mentor to young people in her community. Her volunteer work includes serving on many boards including The Regional Plan Association of New York (RPA), Leadership Education and Development (LEAD), A Better Chance, Girls Inc. and the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate Advisory Board. In 2013, she was named to the Grio 100 list by Universal and as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company.

Ms. Chapman-Hughes holds a Master of Business Administration in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also holds a Master of Regional Planning from The University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Vanderbilt University. Ms. Chapman-Hughes resides in New York with her husband and daughter.

Jay Clemens
Elected 2016-2019

Jay (of Hillsborough, CA) recently retired as Senior Vice President of Legal and General Counsel at Lenovo Group Limited based in San Francisco. Prior to joining Lenovo, he was instrumental in building the in-house legal function at eBay, where he oversaw all commercial, compliance and product issues for the eBay marketplaces business for 12 years. Prior to eBay, Jay managed international legal affairs at VeriFone, Inc., before and after its acquisition by the Hewlett-Packard Corporation. He joined VeriFone after working as an associate at Baker & McKenzie, an international law firm, and serving as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of International Trade. He served as a Non-Executive Director of eBay Auction Co., Ltd. (formerly, Internet Auction Co., Ltd.). He holds a Juris Doctor from the Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from Dartmouth.

Lawrence H. Curtis
Elected 2012, 2015-2018

(Boxford, MA) is the President and Managing Partner of WinnDevelopment where he has led a full range of real estate development and acquisition activities for more than 25 years. He has helped the company grow from 3,000 units in 1986 to more than 90,000 units currently under management in 23 states across the country. While maintaining a wide range of real estate interests, Mr. Curtis’ primary focus has been on the creation of affordable housing and historic rehabilitation. He is immediate past president of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA) and is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Multifamily Housing Council and the Citizens Housing and Planning Association. He was the 2006 chairman of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board. In 2008, he served as a co-chair of Combined Jewish Philanthropies’ annual campaign. He has also received numerous awards, including the Paul E. Tsongas Award from Preservation Massachusetts. Mr. Curtis received a Bachelor’s degree from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science in New York and a Master’s degree in Urban Design Planning from Harvard University. He presently resides in Boxford with his wife Marla and their four sons.

Lester G. Fant III
Elected 2015-2018

*Also serves as Chair of the Campaign for America's National Treasures
and as Chair of the National Trust Historic Sites Council and Board

(Washington, DC) has been chair of the Site Council of President Lincoln's Cottage since 2010. He is the Chairman of Galway III, LLC, and TowPath Partners, LLC, Washington based specialty finance companies that he founded in 1999. From 1984 through 1998 Mr. Fant was a partner at Sidley & Austin, and served on the firm’s Executive Committee. He has served as Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching an advanced course in corporate taxation and ethics in the graduate program from 1978-1996. Mr. Fant received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in 1963. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1966. Mr. Fant served on active duty in the US Marine Corps from 1966 through 1969 and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal and the American Bar Association Award for Professional Merit. Mr. Fant is a Trustee of Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC and the Civil War Trust. He is the chairman of Fudan Foundation, which operates the Center for American Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. He is a member of the Visiting Committee of the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt, and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Harvard Law School.

Kevin Gover
Elected 2014-2017

(Washington, D.C.) Kevin Gover is director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and is a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. He is a former professor of law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in Tempe, an affiliate professor in its American Indian Studies Program and co-executive director of the university’s American Indian Policy Institute. Gover began as director Dec. 2, 2007. Gover grew up in Oklahoma and received his bachelor’s degree in public and international affairs from Princeton University and his law degree from the University of New Mexico. He was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Princeton University in 2001.

Gover joined the faculty at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in 2003 and served on the faculty of the university’s prestigious Indian Legal Program. He has taught courses in federal Indian law, administrative law and statutory interpretation, as well as an undergraduate course in American Indian policy

A presidential appointee, Gover served as the assistant secretary for Indian Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior from 1997 to 2000. He was responsible for policy and operational oversight of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the agency responsible for the federal government’s relations with Indian tribes. He oversaw programs in Indian education, law enforcement, social services, treaty rights and trust asset management

Gover also practiced law for more than 15 years in Albuquerque, N.M., and Washington. His legal career began in 1983 at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Kampelman in Washington. In 1986, he moved to Albuquerque and founded Gover, Stetson & Williams (1986-1997). His last stint in law practice was with the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson (2001-2003). His practice areas included federal Indian law, commercial transactions, environmental and administrative law, and legislative affairs.

Gover succeeds W. Richard West Jr. (Southern Cheyenne), who was the founding director of the National Museum of the American Indian (1990-2007).

Joe Grills
Appointed 2009, Elected 2009, 2012, 2015-2018

(Rapidan, VA) served on the Board of the Montpelier Foundation which manages the Presidential Home of James and Dolley Madison from 1998-2011 and was Chairman for the last 5 years. He also serves on the Boards of National Main Street Center and Kimco Realty Corporation. He served as a Trustee of Woodberry Forest School from 2009-2015. He is a member of investment committees of the Woodberry Forest School/Randall Terry Foundation and the Virginia Retirement System, as well as the National Trust. He served on the Individual Investor Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange. He is a former Chairman and Member of the Committee on Investment of Employee Benefit Assets of the Association of Financial Professionals. He served on the Board of the Duke University Management Company from 1992-2004. He was employed by IBM from 1961-1993.

Sheffield Hale
Elected 2010, 2013, 2016-2019

Sheffield (of Atlanta, GA) is the President and CEO of the Atlanta History Center. Prior to joining the Atlanta History Center in 2012, he served as Chief Counsel of the American Cancer Society, Inc. Mr. Hale is a Past Chair of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, the Atlanta History Center, and the State of Georgia’s Judicial Nominating Commission. Mr. Hale also serves as a Trustee of the University of Georgia Foundation, the Robert W. Woodruff Library of Atlanta University Center, and the Fox Theatre, Inc.

Marilynn Wood Hill
Elected 2009, 2012, 2015-2018

(Bronxville, NY) is a historian, author, and community volunteer, primarily in the areas of history and education. She is on the board of the Foundation for the National Archives and on the Advisory Council of the Schlesinger Library at Harvard. She also serves on the National Advisory Council of the Historic Charleston Foundation and the Site Council of Drayton Hall. She is a co-founder of the Bronxville Historical Conservancy and is the editor of The Bronxville Journal.

Luis Hoyos
Elected 2013, 2016-2019

Luis (of Pomona, CA) is an architect and Associate Professor of Architecture at the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, where he teaches historic preservation and urban design. He serves as a member of the National Trust Advisors and as a member of the Landmarks Committee of the National Park System Advisory Board. He is national co-chair for NPS of the just-released American Latino Heritage Theme Study. He was member and chair of the California State Historical Resources Commission and a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of Preservation Advocacy at the Los Angeles Conservancy. As an architect he has received awards for the design of several historic building rehabilitations, including El Pueblo de Los Angeles, the Point Fermin Lighthouse, the Palmer Hotel and the Cabrillo Beach Bathhouse.

Fernando Lloveras-San Miguel, Esq.
Elected 2011, 2014-2017

(San Juan, Puerto Rico) is the Executive Director of the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, the leading nature conservation and historic preservation organization in Puerto Rico. Under his leadership, the Conservation Trust received the Land Trust Accreditation Commission’s Seal and was accepted in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Mr. Lloveras is a Board member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Land Trust Alliance, having served previously as an Advisor to both organizations. He is also co-founder and Chairman of the Board of, Inc., the leading Internet provider of legal and legislative information in Latin America, and a former advisor to the Governor of Puerto Rico. Lloveras holds a Magna Cum Laude Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico, a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College, where he was Senior Fellow. He is a coffee and cattle farmer and spends most of his free time at his farm in Ciales with his wife Michelle Marxuach and his two children.

F. Joseph Moravec
Appointed 2009, Elected 2009, 2012, 2015-2018

(Washington, DC) has recently retired as Managing Director of Easterly Partners, a privately held real estate investment and asset management firm with offices in Boston, New York and Washington, DC. His 40 year career has been spent as a practitioner, manager and owner of investment properties and commercial real estate services companies. From 2001-2005, he served as U.S. General Services Administration Commissioner of Public Buildings.

Martha Nelson
Elected 2013, 2016-2019

Martha (of New York, NY) has recently been named as Yahoo’s Senior Vice President/ Global Editor-in-Chief. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of Time Inc., where she was responsible for the editorial content of all 21 of Time Inc.’s U.S. magazines and its wealth of digital products, including tablet offerings, websites, video and mobile. Prior, Ms. Nelson served as Editorial Director overseeing the 17 titles and editors in the company’s Style & Entertainment Group and Lifestyle Group. A 20-year veteran of Time Inc., her earlier positions included: Editor for Style & Entertainment Group; Group Editor for Time Inc.; Editor of the PEOPLE Group and Founding Editor of InStyle. She earned numerous honors during her tenure including being named one of the “World’s Most Powerful Women” by Forbes magazine for three consecutive years.

Marita Rivero
Elected 2009, 2012, 2015-2018

(Brookline, MA) is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Marita is the Executive Director of the Museum of African American History in Boston, MA. She is also a Senior Advisor and former Vice President and General Manager for Radio and Television for WGBH, a Boston-based public broadcasting organization. She was a member of the National Trust Advisors program before becoming a Trustee. Ms. Rivero is also on the Board of Directors of National Public Radio, National Black Programming Consortium and Station Resource Group.

Charles Morgan Royce
Elected 2011, 2014-2017

(New York, NY) is President, Co-Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager at Royce & Associates, LLC and its affiliated mutual funds, a position he has held since 1972. Mr. Royce is a member of the Board of Fellows of Brown University, a Trustee and Honorary Chairman of Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT, and a Trustee of the New York Historical Society. He is active in preservation and main street development in Tannersville, NY and Westerly, RI. Mr. Royce’s most recent initiative is the reconstruction of The Ocean House, a Victorian hotel in Watch Hill, RI. He and his wife have recently restored and operate the Avon Theater in Stamford, CT.

Lisa See
Elected 2015-2018

Lisa See of Los Angeles, CA is the New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, and Dreams of Joy. Her most recent novel, China Dolls, became an instant New York Times bestseller. Ms. See has also written a mystery series that takes place in China, as well as On Gold Mountain, which is about her Chinese-American family. Her books have been published in 39 languages. Ms. See serves as a Los Angeles City Commissioner on the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Monument Authority. She sits on the board of Los Angeles Opera and is a member of The Trusteeship, an organization comprised of preeminent women of achievement and influence in diverse fields. Ms. See was honored as National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women in 2001 and was the recipient of the Chinese American Museum’s History Makers Award in fall 2003.

Ms. See wrote the libretto for Los Angeles Opera based on On Gold Mountain, which premiered in June 2000. That same year, she also curated the exhibition On Gold Mountain: A Chinese American Experience at the Autry Museum, which wove four generations of family heritage into the broader historical development of Los Angeles’ Chinatown. Ms. See then helped develop and curate the Family Discovery Gallery at the Autry Museum, an interactive space for children and their families that focused on Lisa’s bi-racial, bi-cultural family as seen through the eyes of her father as a seven-year-old boy living in 1930’s Los Angeles. The installation was up for twelve years. In 2003, she curated the inaugural exhibition – a retrospective of artist Tyrus Wong – for the grand opening of the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles. In addition, she designed a neighborhood walking tour of L.A.’s Chinatown and wrote the companion guidebook for Angels Walk L.A. to celebrate the opening of the MTA’s Chinatown station. As a longtime trustee on the University of California Press Foundation, she endowed the Lisa See Endowment Fund in Southern California History and Culture.

G. Jack Tankersley, Jr.
Elected 2014-2017

(Denver, CO) is a co-founder of Meritage Funds with more than 35 years of experience as a private equity investor, having raised and managed more than $1.0 billion of capital during his career. Jack is responsible for a number of highly successful investments in companies such as Crown Castle and Brooks Fiber Properties. Prior to Meritage, he co-founded Centennial Funds in 1981 and served as its CEO and/or CIO until 1997. His career began in 1974 at the Continental Illinois Bank, where he joined the bank’s venture capital subsidiary in 1978.

Jack is a past President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Denver Area Council Boy Scouts of America and past member of the Board of Trustees of Woodberry Forest School, which he continues to serve as a non-Trustee member of its Investment Committee. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cakebread Cellars in Napa Valley, California, and the Tuck Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship’s Executive Advisory Board.

Jack received an undergraduate degree with High Honors from Denison University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He serves or has served as a director of numerous Centennial and Meritage portfolio companies.

Phoebe Tudor
Elected 2015-2018

(Houston, TX) is a preservationist and community volunteer, primarily in the areas of the arts, quality of life, and education. She served for seven years on the Houston Archeological and Historical Commission, three of those as chairman. She is the founder and chairman of the Julia Ideson Library Preservation Partners, responsible for raising funds and overseeing the restoration and addition to the city’s oldest library. She was the Centennial Chairman for Hermann Park, which raised money for a new Centennial Garden and Pavilion. She is currently the Founder of Friends of the Dome, working to establish a public-private partnership to help repurpose Houston’s Astrodome. Mrs. Tudor has a B.A. in Art History from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. She was appointed the Mayor’s Preservationist of the Year in 2013 and received the President’s Award from Preservation Houston in 2014. She serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Rice University School of Architecture. She serves on the boards of the Nantucket Historical Association, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Houston Parks Board, Preservation Houston, The Hermann Park Conservancy, the Bond Oversight Committee for the Houston Independent School District, and is President of the Board of the Houston Ballet. She and her husband, Bobby, were named Philanthropists of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2009. They have three children.

Timothy P. Whalen
Elected 2012, 2015-2018

(Los Angeles, CA) is Director of the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI). A part of the Los Angeles based J. Paul Getty Trust, the GCI works internationally to advance and improve the practice of conservation of the cultural heritage. A California native, Whalen holds a B.A. in Art History and an M.A. in Museum Studies / Art History from the University of Southern California. He was awarded a Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He served as an Advisor from California to the National Trust for Historic Preservation from 1999 to 2009 and as Advisor Chair during 2007-2009. He is a member of the Board of Studies for the Courtauld Institute of Art Wall Painting Conservation Program and is a member of the U.S. National Commission to UNESCO. He has served as a board member to the California Preservation Foundation.

Ex-Officio Trustees

K. Vance Kelley, AIA

(Topeka, KS) is the chair of the National Trust Advisors. Mr. Kelley is the lead Historic Preservation principal at TreanorHL Architects in Topeka, KS. He served as the Chair of the AIA Kansas Committee on Historic Resources. He has also served on the National Trust’s Honor Awards Jury, the National Trust Advisors 2.0 Task Force, and recently served as the Advisor’s Vice-Chair representing the Western Region.

Daniel Carey

(Savannah, GA) represents statewide & local preservation organizations in the National Trust’s Partners Network on the Board of Trustees. Mr. Carey is the President and CEO of the Historic Savannah Foundation.

Edward J. Passarelli

(Washington, DC) represents the Attorney General on the National Trust for Historic Preservation Board of Trustees, and is the Assistant Chief of the Natural Resources Section of the Environment & Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Earl A. Powell, III

(Washington, DC) is the Director of the National Gallery of Art.

Stephanie Toothman, Ph.D.

(Washington, DC) represents the Secretary of the Interior on the National Trust for Historic Preservation Board of Trustees, and is Associate Director for Cultural Resources, National Park Service

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